Last updated on: 6/1/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Dennis M. Israelski, MD Biography

Title:
Former Chief of Infectious Diseases & AIDS Medicine at the San Mateo Medical Center
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“[I]t is clear that there are people who use marijuana solely to ameliorate symptoms associated with chronic disease, such as HIV/AIDS. This suggests that cannabinoids have potential benefit as a therapeutic class of agents.”

“Marijuana Improves Adherence to Anti-HIV Therapy,” Reuters Health, February 12, 2005

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President and CEO, Innovative Support to Emergencies Diseases and Disasters (InSTEDD), 2007-present
  • Former chief of Infectious Diseases & AIDS Medicine, Clinical Clinical Trials & Research, San Mateo Medical Center
  • Board of Directors, United States Doctors for Africa, Inc.
  • Former Medical Marijuana Researcher, Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research
  • Former Clinical Professor of Infectious Diseases, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Former President and Executive Director, World Wide Aids Coalition
  • Former Medical Director, AIDS Empowerment and Treatment International, a nongovernmental organization
  • Former Medical Director, San Mateo County AIDS Program
Education:
  • MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University, 1981
Other:
  • None found